I have a couple of 'deep' discussions to share with you all, but it's either hot, storming, or I'm busy with the in-laws.
We're having a nice time though. popped into Dubrovnik, Croatia, with them yesterday. pizza, ice-cream, and no camera...
I haven't baked in ages, since hot weather makes me steer clear of the oven. but i made some cornbread for guests and discovered that my father-in-law loves the stuff. so have rolled out a few versions of that. as soon as the temp dropped with these storms, i start hankering for baked goods.
So in lieu of some juicy chats, here's a recipe..... I've no idea what makes for an official British scone or American biscuit, but i think this is something like both. it's stems from a brain full of countless similar recipes.
2 cups/250g flour (plain/all purpose) (or almond flour for gluten free)
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2-1 tsp garlic powder
about 80g cold butter, cut into cubes
2 Tbsp of vegetable oil
1 cup/150g grated cheese (sharp/mature flavour is great, like British cheddar. but we don't get that here in Montenegro. i found that i milder but tangy flavoured cheese worked nicely)
1/2 cup/120ml milk (or 1 egg if using almond flour)
Heat your oven 400F/200C
1. mix dry ingredients well
2. add cubes of butter, break down with fork or cool fingers, coarse texture is great
3. add cheese and oil and mix well
4. add milk in bits. you want to add just enough to moisten it and have it all hold together well. if it's sticky it's too wet. don't over mix.
5. drop heaped tablespoons onto a stick proof (okay, completely forgot the right term) cookie sheet type contraption.
bake for 15mins, or until nicely golden.
i milled cracked black pepper on top after dropping onto the sheet. just sounded yummy to me. it worked. herbs or brushed melted butter could be nice too.
now i have no idea what they're supposed to be like, as it's just made up really. but mine are lightly crispy on the outside, and light and fluffy on the inside. gorgeous warm... i'll let you know what they're like cooled.
Some recent collages
oh, and does anyone recognise what fruit this might be? they're a small couple of centimetres. sweet with a tang.